All the Time in the World
Semiconductor, 2005, 5 min, UK

A geological time frame is rendered in human seconds and minutes while the convolutions of the earth are enacted in ‘reel’ time. Part magic, part science this engaging work maintains a sense of wonder at the miraculous transformations of nature.


Coir’ a’ Ghrunnda 360
Dan Shipsides, 2007, 2 min, UK

A kind of existential performance of man and camera on a remote Scottish mountain recreates the experience of ‘being there’ while simultaneously disrupting the frame of conventional representations of landscape.


Ruins in Reverse: Selective Landscape Painting
Genevieve Staines, 2005, 5 min, Australia

A deceptively simple technique of systematically erasing the architecture of Brisbane from its surrounding landscape touches on deeper issues of conservation and survival in the Australian environment. The revenge of nature is ready to undo the work of civilisation.

Portrait of Ga
Margaret Tait, 1952, 4 min, UK

A touching portrait of Tait’s mother is set in her native Orkney Islands where life was hard but never lacking in poetry and individual creativity. Tait’s impressionistic visual style profoundly influenced subsequent generations of experimental filmmakers in the UK.

Greensleeves
David Theobald, 2007, 5 min, UK

An animated ice cream van’s tinkling rendition of Greensleeves is activated each time the vehicle manages to edge forward a few feet in a motorway jam. The anthem of Englishness is neatly juxtaposed with the nightmare of motorway driving, which nowadays serves as a standard experience of country for many British citizens.


Mobidocs: Country Song
Warwick Thornton & Darren Dale, 2007, 2 min, Australia

Max Stuart, an Aboriginal elder sits by a fire musing on the old way of communicating with smoke signals and by singing across the country to his neighbours. Nowadays, with the white fella’s mobile invention, you can speak to another person ‘just like that’, instantaneously. ‘Smart’, Max concludes.


Blacklaw
Hugh Watt, 2007, 5 min, UK

The cool, metallic arms of wind generators rhythmically slice through an open landscape shrouded in darkness. We sense the hope invested in this monumental technology, designed to unite the man-made and the magnanimous forces of nature. But the question remains: will it be enough?